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Wollondilly Shire CouncilPopulation forecast

Wollondilly Shire Council

Net migration by age

The age group with the highest net migration in Wollondilly Shire Council is 0-4 year olds, this is forecast to occur in the period between 2026 to 2031.

Migration is one of the most important components of population change. Once you have established the amount of development activity in an area, the next step is to make assumptions about who will move into the area as well as who is leaving the area.

Net migration by age is an excellent way of understanding housing markets. The most mobile age groups in the population are young adults. They tend to move to attend educational institutions, seek work and express a change in lifestyle. Market research has shown that empty nesters are more likely to move to smaller accommodation when appropriate and affordable alternative housing is supplied in the local area that is accessible to established social networks.

Select each small area to see how migration patterns differ for each area across Wollondilly Shire Council depending on their housing markets and stage in the suburb life cycle.

Major migration assumptions:

  • Gain of young and established families seeking relatively affordable housing and/or lifestyle change, especially once residential development in the Wilton land release area commences. This gain of family-forming residents is expected to increase over time as new residential development opportunities are realised
  • Some net gain of mature adults, empty nesters and early retirees, especially post-2026, as large scale residential development also offers opportunity for many older Sydneysiders to downsize
  • Minimal population change through migration at age 65 years and over with a slight increase in those older residents aged 85+ years
  • In common with most of regional NSW, a loss of young adults is expected in all areas, as young adults leave the Shire to find employment and tertiary education opportunities elsewhere.

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